BJP has picked Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the presidential candidate.

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to formally seek support for Ram Nath Kovind, who has been chosen he presidential candidate of the NDA. He asked Mr Naidu to speak to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who left this morning for a three-day trip to The Hague, Netherlands.

After the Bihar Governor was picked for the top job at a meeting of the parliamentary party – the BJP’s top decision making body – the Prime Minister has spoken to a number of opposition leaders. Among them were Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.  

Mr Naidu’s office said he has praised PM Modi’s choice. Mr Kovind, he said, is an “intellectual from the Dalit community and deserves the position of president”.


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